American Theatre

American Theatre is a magazine containing news, features and opinions on American and international theatre. Published six times a year by the Theatre Communications Group, this periodical was founded in 1984.Subjects for American Theatre include drama and theatre. Nicole Estvanik Taylor is the Managing Editor and Jim O' Quinn is the Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 11, November

A Retreat of One's Own
In the dusk at Smith College in Northhampton, Mass., a group of people on a small wooden dock stares out across a pond, watching a rowboat emerge from the rushes at the far end of the water carrying a curious cargo. It rocks toward them, bearing two...
Bockerer
When the repertoire of the Czechoslovakian National Theatre was controlled by the ruling Communist government, Bockerer was an approved play. The party permitted this obscure 1948 piece by Ulrich Becher and Peter Preses because of its anti-Nazi and...
"Decency Clause" Still Haunts the NEA
We have been engaged over the last four years, since the emergence of Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano as apparent threats to the Republic, in an extended battle, both in the Congress and in the Executive Branch, over the development of standards...
Don't Call the Post-Mod Squad
The framework tells you what it is: A cow in a concert hall is a musician, a cow in a barn is a cow.--Allan Kaprow I did a picture of a guy with his finger up a cock. I think that for what it is, it's a beautiful picture, because the hand gestures...
Film Festival Funding Irks NEA Critics
The National Endowment for the arts has restored disputed grants to three gay and lesbian film festivals that were denied funding under the Bush Administration, but has distanced itself from a more recent controversial visual arts project in which...
I Am a Man
About OyamO OyamO's work has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre and at theatres in New York, San Francisco and Montreal. Among his plays are The Ressurrection of Lady Lester, published by TCG i (1988); Mary Goldstein and the Author, included in...
John Kelly: Poet on a Flying Trapeze
Abare-chested dancer representing Inspiration crashes through a wall, trailing strips of luminescent white fabric. Jean Cocteau, natty is a tailored suit, follows close behind. The two dance a duet: They confront each other, they cooperate. Inspiration...
Keely and Du
An unconscious young woman is wheeled into a bare room by two men. A grandmotherly-looking woman removes her clothes, dresses her in a plain nightgown and carefully tucks her into bed. She handcuffs the young woman's left hand to the cast-iron bedframe,...
Nirupama Nityanandan: A Snake in Her Hair
I've been on stage since the age of 10. The smell of makeup, dressing rooms, sweat, costumes in their boxes for months, the smell of the stage it's so familiar, so strangely similar everywhere in the world," muses Indian-born actress Nirupama Nityanandan....
Oleanna
At this late date, what more exists to be written about David Mamet's Oleanna, that rare play to elicit fulminations on virtually every front? So intense has the debate be n since the play's Off-Broadway bow last year that even people who haven't seen...
Road to Recovery or Road to Nowhere
Players Theatre Columbus has ceased all operations," says the woman's voice on the answering machine, sounding the death knell of the professional Ohio company, first founded as a community theatre in 1923. Fifty full- and part-time staff members and...
See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me
The design team for The Who's Tommy--the rock-and-roll musical that originated at California's La Jolla Playhouse, is currently running on Broadway and this month begins a multi-city national--tour was called upon to play a role that theatre designers...
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself; if you are accompanied even by one companion you belong only half to yourself, or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct," expounds Leonardo da Vinci in his copious notebooks....
Unamimous Okay for Alexander
Explaining that she wishes to give something back in return for the rich life she has experienced in the arts, actress Jane Alexander made her congressional debut before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee on Sept. 22 and was swiftly and...
What's the Matter with Tax Exemption?
Not-for-profit institutions are making out like bandits, the Philadelphia Inquirer told readers in a blistering series of news articles and editorials last spring. Although it did not single out arts organizations, the newspaper questioned the charitable...
Zakes Mda: Redressing the Past
South African playwright Zakes Mda has the outward calm and practiced smile of one who has answered the same obvious questions many times before. In a cool, dark office on the Yale University campus, he sits rather uncomfortably across the table from...